NEWS

The latest news and updates from Low Carbon Hub

  • News story

    We welcome five new community groups to our network

    20 May 2024
    Our community groups are at the heart of Low Carbon Hub’s work across Oxfordshire and continue to be inspirational in tackling climate change. We have just welcomed five new groups, from rural South Oxfordshire to bustling Kidlington, to our network of low carbon community groups, bringing the total to 46.   Burford BEAgles Burford Environmental Action…
  • We welcome five new community groups to our network

    Our community groups are at the heart of Low Carbon Hub’s work across Oxfordshire and continue to be inspirational in tackling climate change. We have just welcomed five new groups, from rural South Oxfordshire to bustling Kidlington, to our network of low carbon community groups, bringing the total to 46.   Burford BEAgles Burford Environmental Action…
    20 May 2024
  • Community grants awarded 2023/24

    We were recently delighted to award large grants of £5,000 from Low Carbon Hub’s Community Grants Fund to two of our community groups:  Low Carbon Oxford North to develop a user-friendly website that helps people find alternative, low carbon ways to travel around Oxfordshire.  Thame Green Living to promote the foundation of a community energy project titled, Phoenix Energy Community. This was…
    17 May 2024
  • Bees have arrived at Ray Valley Solar

    We’ve welcomed a vibrant community of Buckfast bees to our first groundmount solar park at Ray Valley Solar. Approximately 40-50,000 busy bees are already calling it home, and with the colony building we hope there will be around 60-70,000 by mid-summer. The bee hive operation is managed by our Asset Management sub-contractor who have implemented…
    13 May 2024
  • Heat Pump Summit 2024

    The Low Carbon Hub team recently had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Heat Pump Summit 2024 at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, which was truly inspiring. This gathering was a valuable experience, allowing us to engage with the latest developments in heat pump technology sector.  
    18 April 2024
  • Spark Gap

    Closing the spark gap would significantly speed up the UK's shift towards cleaner energy, enabling us to meet our net-zero target, and safeguarding our planet for future generations. 
    18 April 2024
  • ACES extended for a third year

    The Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools (ACES) programme has been extended for a third year and is now able to offer eligible County-maintained schools fully funded energy assessments and additional one-to-one support. This builds on a successful two years where we have engaged with over 100 schools interested in improving their school’s energy…
    17 April 2024
  • Ray Valley Solar – a shining example of solar innovation

    Bifacial solar panels are an innovation in renewable energy technology that allows sunlight to be captured not only from the front, but also from the rear sides of the panels, maximising energy production and efficiency. Low Carbon Hub made the decision to install bifacial solar panels at our first ever ground mount solar park at…
    20 March 2024
  • New team members

    This month we’ve welcomed two new members of staff to Low Carbon Hub, both part of our Operations Team. Jason Stevens joins us as Operations Business Development Manager. He has worked in storm water management and surface water drainage for the past 10 years. Jason’s focus is identifying and proposing renewable energy solutions for businesses…
    13 March 2024
  • Community Benefit and large-scale ground mount solar PV 

    To achieve our net zero goals, we need to prioritise a diverse mix of renewable energy sources to revolutionise our energy landscape.  Key components of this transition include a substantial increase in wind power capacity, both onshore and offshore. Additionally, solar energy will play a pivotal role, in the form on rooftop and large-scale ground…
    22 February 2024
  • Interest-free loan now available for Oxfordshire County Council maintained schools to install energy saving measures 

    Oxfordshire County Council have re-launched an interest-free loan scheme to provide county maintained schools the opportunity to install energy saving measures. After a successful first round of funding last year in which four schools were supported, the loan offer re-launches this year with limited funding available on a first come, first served basis. The offer…
    14 February 2024
  • Low Carbon Hub at the Environmental Audit Committee

    Low Carbon Hub CEO Barbara Hammond was invited to speak at the recent Environmental Audit Committee on ‘Enabling sustainable electrification of the UK economy’. The discussion delved into issues of connecting new renewables to the grid, planning processes, engaging with communities where renewable energy projects are set to be placed and the value of Local…
    5 February 2024
  • Stock photo of solar park

    Botley West Solar Farm

    Botley West is a 840 MW solar park proposed to be built to the West and North of Oxford. The project is currently in its second phase of consultation until 8 February. During this time residents are invited to provide their feedback.
    31 January 2024